My Tomato Garden

April 30, 2017

It’s almost time to plant my tomato garden, if this Minnesota weather ever cooperates. (Today it’s trying to snow.) In Minneapolis I like to plant around Memorial Day weekend, just so the ground is nice and warm.  Read more ›

3 Fresh Cheeses from 1 Recipe

April 15, 2017

Exciting news this month! I wrote an article for the local Twin Cities beer rag, Growler Magazine, with how to make three fresh cheeses from one easy recipe.  Check it out! Read more ›

Barcelona Sangria

February 5, 2017

I’m still dreaming about Barcelona. Food, wine and art saturate the place, making it my perfect destination. If I want to evoke Barcelona with no effort? I open a bottle of cava. A little more effort? I make sangria. Read more ›

Barcelona Paella

December 30, 2016

I have never made paella before. It’s one of those dishes that is so specific to Spain, nay to each person in Spain that cooks it, that I felt weird attempting such a dish before tasting it first hand. Read more ›

Oranges, Taronjes, Naranjas

December 3, 2016

És la temporada de taronja! It’s orange season! I just returned from a visit to Barcelona, that spectacular city on the Catalan coast.  While technically in Spain, the Catalan people beg to differ. Read more ›

Earl Grey Kombucha

August 26, 2016

Earl Grey is my new favorite tea for making kombucha. While the tea is just a black tea blend, it’s the addition of bergamot orange oil that makes it especially lovely. Read more ›

Naturally Fermented Lime Ginger Ale

August 25, 2016

Want to try your hand at wild fermentation? Ginger ale soda is an easy first step. Made from freshly grated ginger, lime zest and juice, sugar and water, fermented ginger ale works with wild yeasts and bacterias present on the ginger and in the air. Read more ›

Fermented Dill Pickles

August 23, 2016

I’m a dill pickle girl all the way. My mother’s dill pickles are the #2 thing I can in the house after tomatoes. So imagine my surprise when I found a fermented version that almost rivals my mom’s? Read more ›

Easy Kimchi

August 14, 2016

With summer produce in full swing, now is the time to start preserving the harvest. One of my staples is kimchi. Many people are surprised to learn that fermenting kimchi from scratch is really easy. Read more ›

Lemon Basil Gin and Tonic Cocktail

July 30, 2016

I’m not gonna lie. I need a gin and tonic, stat! It’s been pretty hot this summer in Minneapolis. 90+ degrees Read more ›

Rhubarb Vodka & Cocktail

June 18, 2016

Rhubarb is the first fruit-like produce on the scene after winter.  And while it’s around for a few months, I always forget to preserve it for winter.  Vodka and gin are a lovely way to capture that distinct essence of rhubarb.   Read more ›